He Persuaded the Columbine Killers Not to Murder Him
Nineteen years ago, one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Thirteen lives were lost, and 13 families were forever changed.
Evan Todd was one of the lucky ones. The first to be shot in the library, he persuaded the shooters not to murder him.
“After a while they came back around to where I was at, and put guns to my head and asked, ‘Why shouldn’t we kill you?’” Todd recalled to The Daily Signal.
“I told them, ‘I’ve been good to you and everyone in this school and you know it.’ Their facial expressions changed and they lowered their guns. They looked at each other and one of them said to the other, ‘You can kill him if you want.’ … That’s when I got out and that’s when everyone that could still, that was alive, got out.”
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This year’s anniversary of the Columbine school shooting falls at a time when the nation is engaged in an emotional debate over school shootings, and how to prevent them. Liberals argue for reforms such as banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as expanding background checks to all gun sales. Conservatives argue for more comprehensive reforms that address school security, mental health, the community, and the family.
Todd says that 19 years later “It has become obvious to me that had one of the teachers had [a] firearm on them that day, the attack would have been cut short.”…